An overview of the NSW Shark Management Strategy

The NSW Government is committing $21.4 million in 2021/22 to continue its effective, evidence-based shark mitigation program, with a host of successfully trialled technologies rolled out along the NSW coastline.

This new shark program is the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

This boost in funding supports the expansion of DPI's effective, evidence-based shark program in 2021/22, including:

  • Scaling up Surf Life Saving NSW’s drone surveillance program to provide more beach coverage in more Local Government Area’s (LGA’s);
  • Increasing coastal surveillance using VR4G listening stations to ensure at least one in every LGA;
  • Expanding the rollout of SMART drumlines technology;
  • Continuation of beach meshing; and
  • Boosting shark tagging, research and community education programs.

See the NSW Shark Program 2021/22 Map (PDF, 1055.84 KB)

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Shark strategy illustration

Shark Management Strategy

The NSW Government is continuing its efforts to increase its knowledge about the movement and ecology of White, Tiger, and Bull sharks, and trials of technologies to reduce the risk of shark bites at our beaches.

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Shark Strategy Graphic

NSW is leading the world in trials of SMART Drumlines, which are both a shark mitigation tool and a research tool that reduce the risk of interactions with sharks while minimising the impact on marine species.

SMART Drumlines
SMART Drumline Diagram

Shark Activity Map


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